August 23, 2016

Want Change in Ministry? Here are 9 blog post to guide you

If you know me, you know that I am passionate about change in ministry. It is one of the reasons why I created iTEACH Mininstry, to influence change in how we do and think about ministry.

I’ve been in ministry for almost twenty years, and in that time I have found that too many believers are stuck, stubborn and satisfied with the dark ages of ministry.

Too many only see ministry as a Sunday event that can only be expressed within the four walls of what is called 'church'. At the same time I understand that many just don’t know. However, not knowing makes you a liability to your ministry, gift and calling.

In the last couple of years, I’ve been teaching and blogging about why ministry and its leaders should consider and re-consider change.

Here's what I’ve learned:
  • Change is hard because we love the status quo. It is in our DNA to desire a comfort zone.

  • People only change when the pain not to change, is greater than the pain and pressure you receive from others, if you leave the status quo. AKA ‘group think’.

  • Sometimes when our present situations looks great, we ignore the future, believing that the current success will last forever. This thinking is the greatest threat to your future success.

If you want to see change in ministry, here are nine blog post to help guide you.

  1. When your leaders don't buy into the much needed change. One characteristic of leadership, is the ability to influence and inspire. Over the years, you've lost this ability with both your team and your flock. 

    Your leaders have become complacent and their complacency has infected others. They are used to the same old same old, and find comfort in this.

    This is not only a sign you need to make changes in ministry, but changes in leadership as well.

  2. If you are a pastor, know that you are not the biggest influence on your flock. Especially if you are ignoring culture trends. Young adults have many more options than ever before. With more options come less commitment to one thing or person.

  3. The reality is that if you want to become a ministry that reaches young adults you'll need to become a ministry that young adults want to be a part of. This means you'll have to reshape your mission, tweak your vision and shift your strategy.

  4. To my brothers and sisters in the Faith, can we get rid of the 1990's Christian lingo? When we talk about the various stories in the bible, can we please tell the stories differently and articulate with words that reflect our current times? 

    We have created an entire vocabulary of words and phrases that only religious/church folks understand. Can we make it plain so that a new generation will be more willing to hear?

  5. Change the environment: Paul tells us to "come out from among them and separate yourselves from them." In other words, change who you're hanging around. This may include certain types of believers. "For things to change, somebody, somewhere has to start behaving differently." J. Lee Grady

  6. A square peg won't fit into a round hole, no matter how hard or how much you attempt to try to make it look as if it does. It may look like it fits, but looks are deceiving.

  7. Each generations view of ministry and what they believe, is influenced by the times they are born in. Boomers are the first generation since Martin Luther to influence and oversee change in how the ‘church’ functions. So they are not going to just hand over their mantles or positions of leadership, control and influence without reservation, hesitation and in some instances, a good fight.

  8. Believe it or not, your best argument for change is not what the issue is or how to solve the issue. Your best argument is why. If you can explain the why clearly, the more people will be open to the what and the how of the issue.

  9. For many, change is not easy, and when they decide to change, it won’t, and shouldn’t come all at once. Some things take time and some things take more time. Sometimes, Jesus provides a waiting period, so that we can prepare ourselves for what's coming.
In order to stay relevant you cannot rely on ministry methods from the 20th century. Don’t be that person stuck in an old way of thinking and doing everything they can to hold on to outdated ways of doing ministry. 

I hope that with these nine blog post, you'll let the Holy Spirit lead and guide you to change how you do and think about ministry.

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